Thursday, January 29, 2009

Did you know adoptive mothers can breast feed?!?!?!

Wow! I had no idea!

There's a whole community of women breastfeeding their adopted children.

OK, so who has breast fed an adoptive child?

What was it like?

I'm sure it's good for the baby's immune system, especially coming to a country where all the germs and viruses are different from their birth country.

I think I might like to have the experience, it seems like a great way to bond.... especially if I never have a biological child, I would hate to miss out on the experience entirely.

I wonder though, if a child has been bottle fed for the first 6 to 8 months of their life, would they even be interested in breast feeding? Wouldn't it be too late to learn that?

OK readers:

Do you think it's "weird"?

Do you think it's "natural"?
I suppose in a way, it is natural... Thoughout the ages, there has been a need for surrogate breast feeding. Sometimes even wolves took the job.

Here's another website devoted to the topic. They have a wealth of information, including milk calculators, using supplementation, herbs to stimulate milk production, and tons more.

And here is a blog on a personal adoptive nursing journal, following mom and child as they "develop their nursing relationship."


Angela said...

Yeah! I've read about this as well. You probably will need to take something to stimulate milk production though. Women can lactate for years. Who would have thought of adoption?..

Actually, my theory is if the kiddies aren't malnurished and healthy, their immune system may be a little tougher since they spend their days around so many other children.

Michelle J said...

I think it's really cool that adoptive moms can nurse! Had no idea. I do think it would be a little odd to start nursing a child who is past the infant stage though. Is that just me?

Anonymous said...

The story of Romulus & Remus is a myth. There are no known cases of wild animals, such as wolves, actually breastfeeding a human child.

This story is as mythical as Zeus.

Amy said...

I plan to nurse our child when he or she is home. There are so many benefits to it.

Carole Turner said...

I pumped for a month before my son was born, when he came we did the lactation system where you strap on a bottle and tubes to the nipples. But one day I looked at my son crying freaking out, mad cuz this strange woman was trying to feed him the hard way instead of the easy way and I knew right then that it wasn't going to work for us. He went on Formula and he's so healthy that when he threw up for the first time as a 4 yr old , the mere sensation freaked him out cuz he had no idea what it was!

We do the best we can and then leave the rest up to God. I really wanted it to work, and I know it does for some.